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Statement - Publication of the Sheldon Report

The RAF FA welcomes the publication of Clive Sheldon QCs Report into non-recent child sexual abuse in football, published by The FA, here

The review was commissioned by The FA in December 2016, following the disclosures of abuse in the media by former footballers.  

Survivors are central to the Report which includes a number of survivor accounts.  The executive summary from the Report notes that during the review Clive Sheldon’s team had the full cooperation of The FA, the Premier League, EFL, all County FAs and all impacted Clubs.  

Following the disclosures, a significant number of criminal processes have taken place, several 
leading to criminal convictions and some to lengthy custodial sentences for individual perpetrators.  

You can read The FA’s statement here.

For information about safeguarding in football in 2021 please go to and for safeguarding in the RAF FA go to

For any queries about the Report, including if you are a survivor affected by the Report, please email 
If you wish to report a child abuse concern, please contact: 

* NSPCC Helpline 0800 023 2642 or 0800 800 5000 

* The FA safeguarding case management team  

* If it is an emergency, please contact the Police or Children’s Services in your area.